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The Slapdash Get Social Post

¡Ay! What have I done? I signed up for this super awesome Get Social Blogger Event a few days ago. Now I’m like “Crud! Today is June 4th!” And I didn’t write that awesome intro post like I told myself I was going to do! Then I saw Adria’s post and I admit I totally wanted to be a copycat (I hope she doesn’t mind.) Mine will be totally lame though because I don’t have pictures of my cats and I don’t have a cute pit bull like Hayley.

I’m not sure I have much to offer at all! I’m still getting a grip on this blogging thing after a 7 year hiatus. (Yes, you can forget how to blog.) I love reading, knitting, telenovelas and K-drama. I don’t know if I have a favorite genre, but I tend to gravitate to Romance, Manga, Graphic Novels and YA. I’ve never quite gotten the Fantasy bug, but I know I should give it a try. I do like Charles DeLint. He’s fantasy, right?

Nancy Drew is my guilty pleasure.

Feel free to look around. There’s not much. I putter around and add things now and then. I tend to be a dash and publish writer. I just sort of ramble on the keyboard and hit publish. Sometimes I remember to spell check, sometimes I don’t. Proofreading is not my strong suit. Actually ending a blog post is the hardest damn thing for me. I just tend to peter out and metaphorically mumble “erm yeah ok I’m done.”

I do curse like a sailor, but I try to keep it under wraps on the blog.

I am looking forward to meeting fellow bloggers and discovering new blogs! Many thanks to Herding Cats for organizing this!

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Blog Goals 

  • Post regularly.
  • Tweak the theme/look (my daughter’s blog is prettier and I’m petty enough to be jealous.)
  • Let go of my ideas about there being a “right” way to blog.
  • Stay focused…. I think? Right now I am obsessed with books and reading, but is it enough to maintain a blog?
  • Hmmm maybe I should think a little bit about my purpose? Because right now it’s not much more than “babble and gush about books and reading.”

Updated to add this image. It’s hilarious! I met a goal I didn’t even know I had!

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Trying Again…

Oh my. It’s been quite while, hasn’t it?

I’m going to try this one more time. My goal is to blog at least once a week in the month of May. So right now I’m puttering around my blog house and neatening things up and rearranging the furniture. Feel free to look around.

I’m really not much of a writer. I tend to just run off at the mouth and hit publish. I want to be a better writer/blogger. Hopefully by only blogging once a week that means I’ll take my time in writing and editing. I know myself pretty well though and I can totally see me sitting down once a week and firing off a post, hitting publish and calling it a day. I’m going to have to be disciplined. I need to set aside time each day to work on a post (or maybe every other day.)

I also really need to play around with WordPress more and learn what I can do. Today I figured out how to add an image to a post. So no you can see the covers of all the books I’ve read so far in 2017.

Until next week!

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Advice

For years I had a knitting blog. Not content to just knit and write about my knitting, I read a lot of articles about “blog building” and getting traffic. I still ask myself why I even cared. Just like this blog, I was just doing it for me.

There’s a lot of advice out there for bloggers. I have thoughts about some of it.

Know your niche

I think that means “focus”. That is damn near impossible for me. I have things to say about damn near everything. My brain does not shut up.

What’s my “niche” if I want to write about books, my Jewish self, grammar, knitting or my cat?

So screw niche. I’m not going to create several blogs for all of my categories. I’m going to write about whatever my scattered little heart and brain want to discuss. I’m a selfish blogger.

(Of course, now that I’m thinking about it “I have thoughts” just might be my theme/niche, but doesn’t everyone?)

Post Length

Apparently optimal SEO blog post length is 1,500 words.

Hell. No.

I should probably just utilize my Twitter account more, but I use that for news. With a blog I might attract some like minds and we might actually have a conversation. In the same place. Not on individual twitter feeds with “@” signs. My brain doesn’t function that way.

(I just checked. This post only has 200ish words and I’m already feeling “done”.”)

Controversy

I’ve actually seen this. A little drama is “good.”

Been there, done that. I’ll pass thank you.

Contests

Giving stuff away is a huge draw, so they say. About the only thing I’m willing to part with is my clutter and I’m sure you have your own. You don’t want mine.

This is The End

Here we are. I’ve run out of things to say on the topic. Even with the knitting blog, I had trouble ending posts. I always sort of felt like I was mumbling “Well, um. so. um. thanks. glad you dropped by *mumble* *mumble*” Even worse, I had the uncontrollable urge to sign off with “Tune in next time!” or something cutesy. I’m really not cutesy. I think  there’s  advice out there to “be yourself”, but myself tends to be rather crusty and profane. I doubt anyone would come back if I signed off with “Thanks for dropping by, now f*ck off.”

PS: If you came here looking for bookish talk, it’s coming. I swear.